The buzz from last night’s debate between Obama and Romney was less about who debated better and more about who wore it better: Michelle Obama vs. Ann Romney. Both of the wonderful women wore the exact same shade of pink. Was it a coincidence or was it in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Or did their stylists peak into each other’s closets? The First lady wore a Michael Kors dress with a matching cropped jacket that flattered her shape very well. She wore a simple strand of pearls. I love pearls, to me they show poise and elegance. Mrs. Romney wore a cap-sleeved textured dressed and accessorized it with double-stranded turquoise beads. I am not a fan of the way Romney accessorized her outfit. It was very playful, but I do not think it was appropriate for a serious, crucial debate. Plus I feel that her outfit was a bit matronly and not as classy as Obama’s attire. I think Obama won this debate. So what do you guys think, who wore it better? Rock the Vote!
So as it appears, I think I’m a little obsessed with leopard-print! Today on my window-shopping journey in Manhattan, I came across a ton of leopard print dresses, jackets, handbags, shoes and accessories. Leopard print is a statement that is not going away! I went to Saks Fifth Avenue and the first thing that caught my eyes were the Christian Louboutin Handbags pictured below. Right away I feel in love with the big tote-sized one to the left. I loved how the black toned down the leopard to display a more suttle look. All of these bags were made out of pony-hair (something I find sad, and do not agree with, but hey, it adds to the value).
After I left Saks, I went window shopping at the Michael Kors store across the street on Fifth Avenue. Sure enough, the first handbags I see are the beautiful MK leopard print ones pictured below. It was a sign from above showing me what I wanted for Christmas ;). Unfortunately, this handbag is also calf hair…I’d feel horrible knowing a calf was harmed simply for fashion. I’d rather eat a cow, not wear one. As my window shopping venture continued, I ended up at Macy’s Herald Square. (My favorite place in that HUGE Macy’s is the Junior’s shoe Department (: ) I came across these cute Jessica Simpson pumps that were just reduced to $60! Jessica Simpson is also a big fan of leopard print and isn’t afraid to show it in many of her designs.
My only problem with leopard print is that sometimes, people do not know how to wear it! Sometimes people wear tooo much leopard print and it begins to look trashy instead of fashionable. If you are wearing a leopard print blouse, you do not need leopard pants, handbag, shoes, nails, earrings, ring, nose ring, tongue ring to match. Moderation is key!! With prints, you can easily to go from looking trendy to looking a hot mess in an instant. Leopard should be fun, sexy, flirty, and wild. Don’t be afraid to let your inner animal out!
Looking for that perfect outfit, jacket, shoes or accessory but don’t have a lot of money to spare? Shopping on a budget or you just want an item that is truly “vintage”? Well, thrift shopping is a great way to get lots of amazing clothing articles, accessories, and shoes for dirt cheap while still looking great. It may sound extremely cliché but the fact of the matter is, “One Man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. You’d be amazed at the quality of items people throw away! At many thrift stores, you’ll find items that are gently worn , almost-new, and even brand new! The key to thrift shopping is going to shops in the right areas. Many people (I find myself guilty of this as well), throw out or donate good quality clothes! We wear something once, and get tired of it quickly or we buy a cute blouse, but it’s too small and it’s too late to return it to the store. Clothes/shoes/accessories deserve a second-time around! In New York City, you can find many thrift shops, second-hand stores, and consignment shops that have many fabulous finds.
I landed this brand-new suit, tickets still attached and all, for FIFTEEN DOLLARS! at a Thrift Store located in Roslyn, NY called the Junior League Thrift shop. It was a beautiful lined-suit that was easily worth $100+ dollars. Where else can you buy a brand-new quality suit for $15?! All young people attempting to make their way into the job market need a suit like this. I actually wore this suit on one interview so far, and the interviewer kept complimenting me on how great I looked!
My friend landed these almost-new BCBG glittery-gold pumps for just $25 from the same location. She also landed a cute orange skirt for just $1! Yes, one-dollar! You never know what you may find if you just look. The best part about the thrift store was that the proceeds go to charity.
My friend Antoinette is a frequent thrift store shopper. She scored this great outfit from a thrift store in Downtown Brooklyn, NY. Her cute peek-a-boo white blouse and her sky-blue skinny jeans with flowers were just $10 each! Great price for a great outfit! Especially a last minute outfit for a trip to Atlantic City! =)
I went to two separate Halloween parties last year and I did not want to buy a new Halloween costume. Instead I bought this purple bustier for $10 and this black/white plaid shirt for $5 from a thrift store in West Hempstead on Hempstead Turnpike. I paired the bustier with a playful mask and tights and there was my first costume for $10! I paired the plaid shirt with shorts and I was a cowgirl for the next party. Why not buy your costume from thrift stores and save money?!?! It only takes a few pieces to come up with a cool costume.
There are so many thrift stores throughout NYC and Long Island. Buffalo Exchange is a great “recycled” clothing store found in various parts of the country. I found a brand new Kathy Van Zeeland purse for just $15 there. Finding good like-new to new name brand clothes is all about going to the right area! Try to go to stores in prominent areas. They say NYC is the best place to find great deals. Shop around! Don’t be a afraid shop second-hand, it’s always better the second-time around! =)